Garvan Jones interview
At 20 years of age Garvan Jones is already becoming a big name player for Derrygonnelly Harps as he goes in search for a second successive Senior Football Championship winner’s medal on Sunday.
Jones who is a younger brother of Ryan and Conall has performed well this season with 0-2 against Ederney in the Quarter Final and 0-4 against Devenish in the Semi Final victory.
Derrygonnelly will be aiming for a fifth SFC title ever to go along with winnings sides from 1995, 2004, 2009 and 2015, Jones admits that everyone in the village is getting ready for Sunday, “At the minute things are quite enough in Derrygonnelly but no doubt as the week progresses the hype will begin to build, things will start to pick up with the bunting, flags and signs up around the town to highlight the support the fans have for us. Hopefully there will be a big crowd out to support the ‘Purple and Gold Army’ both our Under-16 and Senior panel to help get us over the line on Sunday.”
Jones has played around midfield this year and has consistently been one of Derrygonnelly’s best players with his natural ability and his powerful runs into opposition’s defences, “I feel my performance has improved from the beginning of the Championship when we met Ederney on August 30th. I was struggling along with a few others with injuries and thankfully a lot of these cleared up for the semi final clash against Devenish which was a good physical game to prepare for the final. Now I’m really looking forward to testing myself against this Erne Gaels outfit in the Final which I honestly believe is the two best teams in the county at present.”
Jones admits that it’s a real toss of a coin type of clash on Sunday with both sides good enough to be Fermanagh SFC winners, “Yes as I said the two best teams are competing and we anticipate that this game could go to the wire, Erne Gaels are a young, hungry outfit and very well organised. Their sprinkled with talent all over the field and they all work hard for each other. It seems like their management has really prepared this team well but I also have full confidence in our own management of Martin Greene and Michael Glynn and I know if we put in an honest performance we can come out the right side on Sunday. We also have quality throughout our side and the added incentive of being their last year we want to defend our title and bring the Cup back to Derrygonnelly.”
Jones will play a big part on Sunday for Derrygonnelly and if he can come out by winning the midfield battle with his brother Ryan then Derrygonnelly will win a crucial part of a game which should be quite a battle.